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In the 1950s, he moved to Paris, where he met Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and William S. Burroughs, among others of the Beat Generation. While there, he worked with Michael Moorcock smuggling Henry Miller books out of France. See more trivia »

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 1988 They Live (short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning")

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Centuries after all my writings have been forgotten, in some far corner of the galaxy, a Beany-Copter will still be spinning.


Science Fiction author and cartoonist Ray Nelson was the inventor of the propeller beanie while still in high school. There are varying versions of the story, but the gist is that, in 1947, at a small science fiction convention in Cadillac, Michigan, Nelson and some friends were cartooning, parodying science-fiction icons of the day, and Nelson found some scraps of plastic and attached them to a ... See more »

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